Complex regional pain syndrome: diagnosis and management
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Complex regional pain syndrome: diagnosis and management

Eden Rose Lecturer, Institute of Health, University of Cumbria, Lancaster, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your knowledge of complex regional pain syndrome and its effects

  • To recognise the challenges involved in assessing and diagnosing complex regional pain syndrome

  • To understand the management interventions available for patients with complex regional pain syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome is a rare and not well understood chronic pain condition that can affect anyone, irrespective of age and sex. It is important that nurses and the wider healthcare team are aware of the symptoms and recommended management of this condition, with timely diagnosis and appropriate rehabilitation being particularly important. This article provides an overview of complex regional pain syndrome and explains what is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Understanding the complexity of the condition and the relevant management guidelines will enable nurses to provide effective care and support for patients.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e11968

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Rose E (2023) Complex regional pain syndrome: diagnosis and management. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e11968

Published online: 20 March 2023

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